PREMIER LEAGUE stars are growing increasingly worried because their coronavirus testers are not tested themselves.
Players and staff at every club are tested at close quarters twice a week to try to contain the virus and enable the season to restart a week on Wednesday.
Up to 60 are carried out per club at any one time at training grounds by medics using swabs while wearing full personal protective equipment.
Even so, some players worry that the people carrying this out still pose a risk of infection.
A source told SunSport: “When the testing is done, the testers then leave the training grounds and go about their daily lives.
“That exposes them to infection before they return for the next round of testing.
“Some players have even asked the visiting medics whether they are tested and the answer they got was that, ‘We don’t need to be’. That’s not stopped some players from being concerned.
“Those testers may stop off on their way home to fill up with petrol, go to a supermarket, meet other people and that hikes up the risk factor.”
The sixth and latest round of Premier League testing returned no positive results from 1,195 tests carried out.
A Prem source insists the programme is carried out in line with NHS best practice and all testers are fully trained healthcare professionals in full PPE.
The short length of time testers and players are together is also believed to reduce the risk.
That will not stop some players becoming anxious at the prospect of picking up Covid-19 — even if it is a million to one chance.
Watford skipper Troy Deeney is only just back training after fears of passing it to his baby who has had breathing issues.
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham voiced concerns as he lives with his asthmatic dad.
The Championship found two positive cases from 1,179 in their latest round of coronavirus testing.
There were zero positive cases from 135 tests in League One and one from 132 — at Exeter — in League Two.